Working mostly on large canvases, sometimes coupling or grouping panels together, Georgia Lane presents In this Time, a solo exhibition at Eclectica Contemporary that explores the juxtaposition of time and place, questioning the boundaries of memories and actions by creating intricate paintings that reminisce and record places past. The works are vivid in their chaos and yet exhibit a calming order in their simplicity and colour palette. Drawing from her own memories, painting the maze of perspectives and personal experiences that appear to her, Georgia’s use of colours and forms are abstracted and vague, ultimately depicting the reflective process that works with the meditation of each brushstroke.
In This Time conveys the uncertainty and the exhilaration of creating in today’s world; it is an exploration of form and finding new ways of making when resources and accesses may be restricted. The exhibition comprises of broad canvases that are filled with movement and illuminating colours – imagining and remembering spaces and places, through piecing together the mapping out of memories. When speaking about the thought process that she has considered while producing this body of work, she explains “I have realized that being here on Skopelos, makes me see that the juxtaposition of my two very different lives, the one pressurized and urban and the other simpler, more off-the-grid. This gives me perspective on both and acts as a filter, so that I can process what is relevant and important.”
The works are an exploration of environment and living spaces, where Georgia alludes to architectural overlaps and abstract interactions that can take place on canvas as a reflection of the memories she absorbs. The use of colour across each of her paintings, but particularly in the likes of Interlude and Voyeur, bring forth the flashes of memory and demonstrate an easy transition to grasping her process-based practice. Working instinctively and through movement, Georgia works from memory to relive the spaces and places she remembers. As such, her paintings are a process in which she participates with the subconscious, striving foremost for honesty and simplicity of thought. “The process of building my works up in layers and very often repainting a work over and over is essentially a way of me processing and filtering my subconscious thoughts” says Georgia. “This almost meditative process allows for images that determine their own outcome, as opposed to something that is controlled and planned.”
Working across multiple panels allows Georgia to work on many works at once, taking breaks from one work by moving on to the next. Her preference is to work on panels, such as with Passages, rather than a singular large canvas as it allows her to work independently and maximize on her own body movements as part of the creating. “These physical environments provide a matrix of visual and emotional influences which extend to that of my own internal environments. This layering of the physical and emotional worlds is subliminally reflected in the way that I work” Georgia elaborates. Currently setting up a new studio space in Greece where she and Anthony plan to spend increasing amounts of time, Georgia’s creative processes are unending. Whether creating smaller works that can easily be handled and moved around, or creating larger works in her leafy rooftop studio in Cape Town – ease of movement and the ability to work in different materials and manners, or through different processes is crucial to the making.
In This Time offers a place for viewers to transcend geographies and topographies, instead asking the mind to make way for play, make believe and an emphasis on exploration through creating.
Georgia Lane’s work has been collected by many local and international art lovers and is housed in New York, London, Chicago, Philadelphia, Sydney, Dubai, Stockholm, Cape Town and Johannesburg. The exhibition In This Time will run from 1 August 2018 until 31 August 2018 at Eclectica Contemporary, 69 Burg Street, Cape Town.